January is the time for some of the biggest trade shows for anyone involved in the world of interiors. In London, Top Drawer's spring/summer 2017 edition took place a couple of weeks ago followed last week by THE top industry trade fair - Maison & Objet in glorious Paris.
I was thrilled to be able to attend both shows this month and would love to share my highlights with you (now that I've recovered and can feel my feet again!). So here are my top 6 brands from London's Top Drawer and I'll work on my Paris highlights next :)
Top Drawer has grown quite a bit over the last few years. It used to be focused on fashion and jewellery a few years ago, but now the show is divided up into four sections: Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft.
Of course I'm mostly interested in Home and Craft but, as usual, I always feel like I have to walk every aisle of every hall - just in case I find (or miss if I don't do this!) that gem of a brand that will be a perfect fit for Pomegranate. So I did. And here are my top 6 brands.
Founded in 2010 by creative director Sue Lacey, Twig is a fabulous collection of luxury throws, cushions and scarves. Everything is 100% lambswool and woven exclusively for Twig in Ireland using a traditional herringbone weave.
I love Sue's use of colour and pattern. The throws are wonderfully fun and vibrant with stripes of varying widths and large blocks of colour. They are also super soft thanks to a special brushed finish, so they feel like complete luxury.
The throws would be great draped over a sofa or neatly displayed across a bed - and of course, they'd feel gorgeous to wrap up in and watch a good movie!
Artisanne, as you may know, is one of the brands already available at Pomegranate. It was lovely to see Elizabeth, who owns and runs the business with her sister. Together, they work with small communities of women weavers in Senegal to produce their lovely, contemporary baskets.
And I was thrilled to see that they have launched some new pieces this season, including the Baby Baba basket with its 'pointy hat' lid as well as some shallow bowls which would be perfect to use as bread baskets or fruit bowls.
Look out for some of their new pieces over the coming months, and in the meantime, you can see their current collection here.
One of my favourite sections of Top Drawer is the Craft area, as I find this is often where younger brands and designers first exhibit. And of course, I'm pretty passionate about all things handmade and preserving crafts, so I'm always curious to see what this area has to offer.
This time, I met with a lovely designer called Ondine Ash who works with weavers in India to produce a really dynamic, tactile and bold collection of cushions and throws. With little details like an exposed zip at the top of the cushions and key tassels hanging asymmetrically to the side and little pom-poms at the front of some of the cushions, I thought this was a very original collection.
Ondine also makes a small range of delightful hanging planters which she dyes and sculpts herself. Slightly retro and totally gorgeous!
It was wonderful to see the fabulous Anna Jacobs again at Top Drawer. Anna's colourful and lively collection of lamps and cushions are already available at Pomegranate, and it was really nice to see that she has extended her range further.
Her best-selling and signature Breaking Dawn design (normally in hot pink) is now available in a bold orange, which she told me seems to appeal particularly to men. Most of Anna's designs are definitely feminine, so that was good to hear!
And she has also extended another staple design called Beak Street in a bold green colour called Grass which of course is perfect to match the Pantone colour of the year for 2017. Well done Anna!
I'll be adding some of the new pieces to the assortment at Pomegranate shortly, so keep an eye out for them :)
Anna standing on her stand, in front of the Breaking Dawn lamp in the new orange colourway
Do you love stationery as much as I do? I'm a bit of a stationery addict I think, and probably have been since my school days :). Well, I certainly love a notebook and have about 7 going at once at the moment, so of course, I was drawn to the very smart collection by Ola Studio.
I'd seen them at previous exhibitions but they have extended their range and now have quite a few patterns and colours. I thought the notebooks were refreshingly simple with beautiful geometric patterns, a lovely feel and nice quality paper. They are made so they lie flat as you write which is rather nice.
This collection was incredibly fresh, bold and fun. Colourful and highly patterned lampshades, cushions, wallpaper, fabric and other home accessories make up this lovely collection by Welsh designer Sian Elin.
All the designs are drawn by her, then made up into the various lines of products in the UK. She works with expert makers who produce the collection, entirely in the UK.
It's a really vibrant and happy collection don't you think?
And that's my top 6 from Top Drawer this January! I learnt that pattern is most definitely in, as is bold colour - in particular green, teal and shades of blue. And I met some fantastic designers and enjoyed seeing their collections and learning about their crafts.
In my next post, I'll be reviewing my visit to what is undoubtedly one of the best interiors trade show in the world, which is of course Maison & Objet, so 'till next time...
Photo Credits: Twig images courtesy of Twig / Artisanne, Ondine Ash, Anna Jacobs and Ola Studio images by Nicole Antar / Sian Elin images courtesy of Sian Elin